Powder room vanity before and after. The before has cabinets and green wallpaper, the after only has a pipe coming out of the wall and no wallpaper.
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One Room Challenge – Week 2

One Week of Demolition Progress For my Powder Room Remodel

This week should be named “It is Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better”.

I do my best to keep my ‘construction zone’s clean and to clean between each step so that I don’t get too overwhelmed with how chaotic a renovation can be.

I also have pets and if I leave the door open, I don’t want them trailing wallpaper adhesive throughout the house or to eat something dangerous. So I clean.

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THE START

The first thing I did was take apart the vanity. It’s such a small space that it would be difficult to keep opening and closing the door so I pried open the window and tossed all the debris out the window onto a tarp!

Powder room vanity before and after. The before has cabinets and green wallpaper, the after only has a pipe coming out of the wall and no wallpaper.

TRIM

I plan to replace all the trim and have board and batten on part of the walls. I used a Trim Puller with a rubber mallet to remove all the window, door, and baseboard trim.

Once I removed all the trim, I had to use Channellock Pliers to pull out all the staples and nails left behind. I went ahead and did this now so that the space is ready to install trim next week.

The channel lock pliers pulling a nail out of where trim used to be

THE WALLS

To prep the walls for the new design, I had to remove all the old stuff. Typically wallpaper has a decorative layer and an adhesive layer. I peeled off as much of the decorative layer as a I could before using the wallpaper steamer.

If you want to learn more about removing wallpaper with a steamer, check out this post about it!

Green wallpaper is being pulled back to reveal a tan colored adhesive layer

DONE! JUST KIDDING

I finished almost everything for the week. I still have some of the wallpaper to remove but I am slowly seeing my vision. Removing the wallpaper really brightened the space and makes it easier to see the design.

Powder room vanity before and after. The before has green wallpaper, the after doesnt have wallpaper, just the adhesive remains.

WEEK 2 PLANS

This might be advantageous but I’ll be on vacation for week 4 so I want to stay on top of it!

  • Finish removing wallpaper adhesive
  • Sand down ceiling texture
  • Clean/Wipe Walls
  • Purchase board and batten and trim material
  • Install Window Trim
  • Cut Vanity Wood

Who thinks I’ll actually complete it all?

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